Prelude to Performance culminates in performances of selected operas, staged, with costumes and orchestra.
The Prelude to Performance program will focus on the preparation of an entire role to include:
the background of the role
the historical perspective of the role
the psychological motivations of the character
the use of the body and voice in the
interpretation of the character
the use of language to convey the character
with an emphasis on diction
Approximately thirty young artists are selected to participate from auditions held during the winter and spring months.
The first four weeks are dedicated to staging, lectures, seminars, master classes and individual coaching. On the fifth week we move into the theater and focus entirely on preparation for the final performances. Critiques are given to all participants after the performances by faculty and selected professionals. We begin staging in the first week, therefore all participants must come with their roles completely memorized and OFF BOOK by the first day of class. It should also be noted that if you arrive unprepared we reserve the option of releasing you from the program.